Improving the Lives of Australians with Transactional Data - Melbourne

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Cognizant Collaboratory

Level 6

15 William Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Join us in Sydney and Melbourne for the first cross industry payments hackathon in Australia. This event page allows you to sign up for our Melbourne venue, click here to join us in Sydney.

We're looking for ways to improve the lives of Australians with transactional data. The winning team in each city will receive $5,000 and there are a range of other prizes to reward creative ideas!

The challenges look at how transactional and other data be used to to improve the life of Australians, either:

  • In my daily life - In the words of the Australian Productivity Commission "Data is a new resource for our economy and society". Show us how sharing transactional data can improve daily life.

  • In unforeseen circumstances - Daily life is great until something goes wrong. Show us how sharing transactional data can help when the unexpected happens.

We'll be giving you access to a sandbox of Open Bank Project APIs, to simulate access to transactional data, banking services and other sets of data.

If you don't win don't worry there are a range of other prizes, along with talks and workshops so everyone in attendance should get something of value out of the event!

Technical Webinar to get started

We’ll be hosting a dedicated webinar for developers on 02.08.2017 at 19:00 AEST, in order to demonstrate how the sandbox can be used and to address any technical questions developers might have.

If you want to sign up please follow this link

This webinar will be recorded and shared with all participants.


Day 1

18:00 - 19:00 Doors open / registration

19:00 - 19:30: Welcome address

19:30 - 20:00 Challenges & API Presentation

20:00 - 20:30 Fire-pitches - bring your idea and pitch it to the crowd

20:30 - 21:00 Flea market of Ideas - find a team

21:00 - 22:00 Drinks

Day 2

09:00 - 10:00 Doors open + Breakfast

10:00 - 10:30 Stand up: who's working on what

10:30 - 11:30 UX Clinic & API Workshop

11:30 - 12:30 Finalise your concept

12:30 - 13:30 Heads down & Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Mentor Session

16:00 - 16:30 Snack Time

18:30 - 19:30 Dinner

19:30 - 20:30 Heads down & relaxation

20:30 - 21:30 Pub

Day 3

09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

10:00 - 10:30 Stand up: who's working on what

10:30 - 11:00 Pitch training

11:30 - 12:30 1:1 Pitch rehearsal & massage

12:30 - 13:30 Heads down & Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Shut-down production / Delivering products

14:30 - 15:30 Practice running order

15:30 - 17:00 Demos - 3min per pitch

17:00 - 17:30 Jury deliberation

17:30 - 18:00 Award ceremony & closing note

18:00 - 19:00 Closing Cocktail


Who owns the IP of the code I create?

Generally you! If your team includes someone working at a participating bank, you can release your code under an open source Apache2 license. See Terms and Conditions for more information.

Do I have to come with a team?

No! We will help you find a great team to join.

What's the #hashtag?


What is the minimum age of a participant?


Can I see something from a previous hackathon?

Sure, see this video from a recent hackathon we ran in Ireland.

What's the maximum team size?

Six individuals

Should I bring a laptop?

Yes. Even if you're not coding it's a good idea to bring some kind of internet enabled device.

Do I have to be a coder?

No, entrepreneurs, designers and anyone with bright ideas and energy is most welcome!

What if I've never been to a hackathon?

Perfect! Come and have a great first experience!

Can we sleep over at the hackathon?

No, not this time. At some point we'll go to the pub, get some sleep and return bright and early!

Who can I contact to learn more about the event?

Official event website:

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Twitter: @OpenBankProject


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Melbourne, VIC 3000


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